Thursday, 24 January 2013

What Europe Says About ‘Us’

Turns out no-one really likes the EU.

But why not? Why do we care whether some random unpopular people in Brussels decide things or some random unpopular people in London?

Friday, 25 January 2013

The Britain of 2030

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future” [Yogi Berra]

My oldest child Chloe is 3. When she turns 20, Britain will be

“I know you’re worried that people from different generations don’t really meet any more.”

“That’s right”

“But you must see there are more important things.”


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The Old Boys Network

If I want to find a book, I go online. A film … online. A holiday … online.

A job?


Wednesday, 30 January 2013

What if diversity makes us miserable?

A happy attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” [Herm Albright, 1876 – 1944]

So what really makes you happy?

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Young people are like Elephants

A recent survey* suggested that almost half of all adults thought young people were “angry, violent and abusive”

The dividing lines in our country across incomes, ethnicities and age damage the most vulnerable the most.

Young people from low income families suffer in particular. To build a fairer Britain, we need these children to make friends with high aspirations.

“Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step toward regeneration.” [George Orwell]

Words matters.

Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Young People need You

“It takes a village to raise a child” [Old African proverb]

Whenever I say that The Challenge Network connects people in a diverse society, people think I’m talking about race.

Wednesday, 06 February 2013

Am I a Racist?

Britain and America are much more tolerant countries than they used to be. At most gatherings, an overt expression of racism is social death. The equivalent of defecating on your host’s carpet. Everyones going to notice, talk about it and never invite you back.

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